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Hundreds gathered Monday evening at the Frazee baseball fields to honor a guardsman killed in combat. A new scoreboard was placed at the field, and the field was renamed in honor of Staff Sgt. Greg Riewer, 28. He was an avid baseball player throughout his life. The Riewer family donated the scoreboard with memorial funds from an account set up in Greg Riewer's name. "This is exactly where Greg would want to be honored," his brother Jon Riewer told the crowd. Riewer was killed March 23 in Iraq when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle. He was serving with the Minnesota National Guard.
It was the game under the lights. One that drew a crowd of 500 people. One that people still remember and reminisce about. It was Sept. 4, 1950, and the Northside Eagles were taking on the Southside Colonels at Washington Park. Admission was 25 cents for adults and free for children. It was Detroit Lakes' two kid teams pitted against each other. "It was quite a thrill," Wendell Stonelake said of the two teams facing off. "For that time and place, it was a big deal. It was a really important thing growing up there," Nels Anderson said.
Three down, four more to go. Tanner Yocom, 15, plans to visit every continent before he graduates from high school. Last year, he toured Europe, and last month, he returned from a trip to Japan as a People to People Student Ambassador of Peace. He said he loved it and plans to return. "Everything is just so practical (in Japan). Why can't it be like that here?" he said. Before leaving for Japan, Yocom and the other students took culture classes that outlined the basic dos and don'ts of traveling abroad and what was expected of them as People to People representatives.
The U.S. Department of Transportation helped fund the Lake Country Scenic Byway road signs that will grace those towns along the route, but each town is looking for a little support for the bases. Tourism Director and Scenic Byway Board President Cleone Stewart said there will be two 10-by-10-foot signs with double sides at the Highway 59 and Highway 34 corner near Community Alliance Church, and one along Highway 59 South.
Wednesday morning, the Detroit Lakes Library unveiled Minnesota's Sesquicentennial Banner. It will be on display through next Wednesday, July 18. Mayor Larry Buboltz and County Commissioner Barry Nelson were among the first to sign the journal that morning. A journal travels with the banner for people to record their thoughts and feelings about Minnesota. "It's a record of where the banner is traveling throughout the state," said Librarian Mary Haney of the journal. People can record their thoughts of what Minnesota means to them, or means to the United States.
Rick Wamre worked his way from Detroit Lakes school newspaper writer to publisher of several successful magazines in Dallas. He claims "it's been pretty much of an accident all the way around." Wamre co-founded Advocate Publishing in 1991, and now publishes several neighborhood magazines in Dallas, with a circulation of 98,700.
Interested in making a book of your own, creating something special for a loved one, or just having some fun with pictures? Linda Foss' Heritage Makers workshop might be the answer. Foss is offering two free workshops -- Thursday at 6 p.m. at Breezy Shores and Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes AmericInn -- to introduce storybooking to the area. Heritage Makers is a small, but growing, company based in Utah.
The countdown is on.
When longtime employee Geri Askelson retired as secretary from the Public Works Department, the city of Detroit Lakes decided to hire a non-union worker to replace her.
The countdown is on.